Manatee 12th-graders do well on FCAT retakes


BRADENTON -- Manatee County 12th-graders retaking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test fared slightly better than seniors statewide when it comes to scoring high enough to qualify for graduation, according to results released Thursday by the Florida Department of Education.

In a news release from Manatee County School District, the new deputy superintendent of instructional services, Diana Greene, said it was good news.

"I'm glad we came out above the state averages, but we still have a lot of work to do," she said. "I want to thank our students and teachers for their hard work and for their continued commitment as we work together to continue to improve."

In reading, out of 240 students in Manatee County retaking the test, 20 percent got a passing grade. Statewide, more than 23,000 seniors retook the test, with only 17 percent passing.

The county with the highest passing percentage in reading was Okaloosa County, at 46 percent.

In math, 65 Manatee County seniors retook the test, with a 22 percent success rate. Statewide, more than 8,000 seniors retook the math test, with 21 percent earning a passing grade. Gulf County had the highest retake passing percentage at 42 percent.

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